In Brief

“Oftentimes what happens when you get in law school is you get so pushed into managing the stress of the curriculum. The world gets complicated; the barriers to justice are more multifaceted than we thought; and the obstacles to reform are more complex. But the hope to create justice has got to remain the same, or even get stronger. If you become hopeless about what you can do, then I would say you need to recover your hope. Your hope is essential.”

-BRYAN STEVENSON, public interest attorney and author, speaks to UW Law students as part of the campus Go Big Read Program.

“Make sure that you base your success not only on ‘How am I doing for myself and my immediate family,’ but ask also ‘How am I doing for the broader community.'”
-THOMAS PEREZ, United States Secretary of Labor, to Law School students at “What I’m Doing with my Law Degree” lecture


Elizabeth Mertz, UW-Madison’s John and Rylla Bosshard Professor of Law, earned the 2015 Doris Slesinger Award for Excellence in Mentoring. One recipient is selected annually to receive the award, presented by the UW-Madison Women Faculty Mentoring Program, a campus initiative that seeks to support and retain women assistant professors throughout their tenure process. Mertz was nominated by numerous Law School colleagues.

UW Law School has been named a Best Value Law School, ranking ninth among law schools nationally in a recent report by The National Jurist magazine.

WHEN A MADISON police officer fatally shot 19-year-old Tony Robinson last spring, members of the Black Law Students Association and Latino Law Students Association were moved to action. Working with faculty, they used their legal training to create the community service video, Understanding Police Use of Deadly Force. Their work received the 2015 Legal Innovator Award from the Wisconsin State Bar.

SUMUDU ATAPATTU, director of UW Law’s Research Centers, presented at the climate talks in Paris, where she advocated for people whose homelands are threatened by rising seas.